Meat lovers are sure to get their fix with our Texas Red Chili made with fresh ground beef and great tasting smoked bacon. Oh yeah… in traditional Texas fashion — no beans allowed! This ground beef chili recipe that we call Texas Red Chili will take about 40 minutes to prepare and about 30 minutes of cooking time.
- 3 dried guajillo or pasilla chiles
- 2 dried ancho chiles
- 2 lb. 85% lean ground beef
- 6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces (8 oz.)
- 3 large Vidalia or other sweet onion, chopped
- 2 green sweet peppers, chopped
- 2 serrano peppers, finely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice or cider vinegar
- Optional: Cheddar cheese wedges and sliced green onions
1. In large skillet over medium heat, cook guajillo and ancho chiles 3 to 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until toasted. Cool; remove and discard stems and seeds. Transfer to bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup soaking liquid. In blender, puree chiles and liquid; set aside.
2. In 5- to 6- quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat cook beef about 8 minutes, until the beef begins to brown. Drain fat; transfer beef to bowl.
3. In same pan cook bacon 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Stir in onions, sweet and serrano peppers, and garlic. Cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pureed chiles; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute. Add reserved beef, undrained tomatoes and 1 cup water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes.
4. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice and 1/4 tsp. salt. Top with cheese and onions.
Makes 8 servings.Added By: Chili Master